The Rock County Historical Society is a resource for historical research, thought-provoking programming, and one-of-a-kind historic sites. At its center is the Lincoln-Tallman House, an Italianate-style mansion that was constructed and occupied by William Morrison Tallman, a lawyer and abolitionist in 1857. Abraham Lincoln visited in October of 1859 prior to his election in 1860. A variety of themed tours of the Lincoln-Tallman House are available.

Next door, the Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center contains historical documents, photographs, and other resources for genealogy and historical research and inquiry.

The Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center offers a small gift shop and exhibit galleries that feature Pauline Pottery and Pickard China, as well as rotating exhibits celebrating the history and heritage of Rock County. The 2017 theme is History in Focus: Sharing Stories. Supporting Community. The Rock County Historical Society also hosts a series of interactive, educational and entertaining events, as well as Story Time @ the Museum.

  • Things for Kids
  • Things for Teens

Admission Fee: Cost
Hours: Closed January - February. March 1-May 31: Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center open Monday-Friday, 10am-3 pm; Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center open Wednesday & Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm and Thursday 10am - 7pm; Lincoln-Tallman House tours by appointment. June 1-December 30: Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center open daily 10am-3pm; Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center open Wednesday & Friday 10am-4pm and Thursday 10am - 7pm; Lincoln-Tallman House tours daily 10am-4pm beginning every hour (last tour at 3pm). Tours vary by season, and may be closed to prepare the house for seasonal tours. Please call to confirm.
Address: 426 N Jackson St - Janesville - WI, 53548
Phone: 608-756-4509
Fax:  608-741-9596